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400-plus Students in Belize’s Orange Walk District Receive Access to Computer Facilities

Over 400 students of San Jose Government School, Orange Walk District are benefitting from a more enabling learning environment thanks to a new computer lab and audio/visual room at their school, consisting of 17 computers, a printer, projector, and a digital camera. The equipment valued at USD23,156, is part of the San Jose Multi-purpose Building Project, which was implemented in June 2013 by the Social Investment Fund, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Local Government, Rural Development and National Emergency Management, and financed by the Government of Belize through a USD243,695 loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). CAPTION: Students delivering a lively presentation on the functions of a computer

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Over 1,700 Persons Receive Improved Access to Potable Water in Jamaica

More than 1,700 residents from the communities of Thornton, Sunning Hill, Seaforth, Mt. Pelier and Prospect in Jamaica now have access to a reliable water delivery system with the implementation of the Thornton Water Supply Completion Project; funded under the Caribbean Development Bank’s Basic Needs Trust Fund and implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). Through the recently completed project, a pumping unit, motor control centre, 3,600 metres of iron pipes and laterals to individual homes were installed. The project also included the provision of a booster station, storage tanks, a chlorinator and a sand filter. Ms. Elrech Dean, a resident of Thornton is elated. She noted, “In the days when we didn’t have any water we had to go down into a deep deep gully take turns in filling our buckets, then come back up with buckets of water on our heads. That water was to drink and to cook so we could not use that to wash. When the washing time came for the clothes […]

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Head of the GCF to Deliver Memorial Lecture at CDB Annual Meeting

Héla Cheikhrouhou, Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), is the keynote speaker of the 15th William G. Demas Memorial Lecture at the Pegasus Hotel, in Georgetown Guyana on May 27, 2014. The lecture, named in honour of the second President of Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is held during the week of the Bank’s Annual Meeting. Ms. Cheikhrouhou, a Tunisian national, has spent more than a decade working in multilateral development banks, first in the Latin America and Caribbean region of the World Bank, and then for the African Development Bank (AfDB). While at the AfDB she took a lead role in scaling up green growth and climate resilient investments, with innovative blending of public, private, and climate finance. “CDB is placing very high priority on addressing climate change concerns in the interest of safeguarding the sustainable development of our Region. We therefore welcome Ms. Cheikhrouhou whose experience in the area of climate financing will be well received as the Region intensifies its efforts to build resilience […]

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CDB’s CTCS Network to Host Consultations during Annual Meeting

The Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services (CTCS) Network, a programme within the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), will host separate Consultation Meetings for both its Network Stakeholders and for operators of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (MSME) during the Bank’s Forty-Fourth Annual Board of Governors (BOG) Meeting in Georgetown, Guyana in May. 11 Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) including CDB’s newest member, Suriname, have been invited to participate in the three-day Stakeholders’ Consultation Meeting scheduled for Monday, May 26 to Wednesday, May 27, 2014 at the Princess Hotel. Participants in the consultation include representatives of key Cooperating Institutions (CIs) in the participating BMCs. They will be joined by several counterpart CI representatives and selected MSMEs, from regions across Guyana. The Stakeholders’ Consultation is geared towards fostering a stronger and more robust CTCS Network among CDB’s BMCs and to extend the range of effective CTCS coverage in Guyana.  The Stakeholders’ Consultation will be followed by the two-day MSME Consultations, during the period Thursday, May 29 to Friday, May 30, 2014. The local […]

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CDB Funded West Coast Demerara Road Improvement Project Launched

Students in over 30 schools in the Vreed-en-Hoop to Hydronie area and thousands of residents and road users in Guyana will benefit from the creation of a safer road network upon the completion of the recently launched USD 46.8 million West Coast Demerara Road Improvement Project which is being funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. The project includes approximately 30.7 kilometres of highway rehabilitation works; bridge replacement and repair; drainage works; and road safety works that install regulatory and warning signage, pavement markings and safety barriers along severe curves. In addition, pedestrians and cyclists will be separated from motorised traffic through several communities and additional street lighting will be provided. Mr. Andrew Dupigny, Division Chief, Economic Infrastructure Division, CDB, revealed the infrastructural elements of the project will be complemented by road safety sensitisation sessions. “It is important that road users are equipped with knowledge on how to safely utilise the roads. As such, the public education aspect of […]

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Caribbean Development Bank to hold Annual Meeting in Georgetown, Guyana

The forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Board of Governors will take place in Georgetown, Guyana on May 28 and 29, 2014. The meeting will bring together economic leaders from the Bank’s 27 member countries to discuss the development needs of the Caribbean and the role of CDB in assisting the Region to address such challenges. During the event, CDB will release its annual report which provides an overview of the Region’s economic development and sector performance. The Bank will also host a number of seminars to discuss a range of topics of relevance to the socio-economic development of Caribbean Region. Seminar topics include, Agriculture and Climate Change, Public Private Partnerships in the Caribbean, Transitioning to a Green Economy and Mainstreaming Multidimensional Approach to Poverty Assessment. The Annual Meeting will be preceded by the 2014 VYBZING Youth Forum from May 21-23, 2014 under the banner, ‘Youth Voices for Climate Change,’ and the Fifteenth Annual William G. Demas Memorial Lecture on May 27, 2014.

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CDB Funded Library & Multi-purpose Center in Belize Inaugurated

800 children in the village of Guinea Grass, Orange Walk District, Belize, now have access to a safe community space which has been built with funds from Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Belize Social Investment Fund 2 Loan Project. The Guinea Grass Multi-Purpose Center, which was built at a total cost of USD185,235 houses the community library, the village council, the water board and a sewing facility. The center was inaugurated on March 12, 2014 before government officials, community leaders and a wide-cross section of the community including students, teachers, and parents. Prior to the inauguration, 10 women received skills training in sewing, while approximately 20 persons underwent small business/entrepreneurship training. The project was implemented by the Social Investment Fund (SIF), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports through the Belize National Library Service and Information System (BNLSIS), and the community of Guinea Grass. 

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Top Digital Jam Developers Target USD180,000 in Revenue

The developers of CrimeBot, the top application in the recently concluded Digital Jam 3.0 competition, are projecting over USD180,000 in revenues in the first two years after release to the public. The five-member CrimeBot development team revealed that the winning application will be offered freely to users, with revenue generated via the sale of advertising space. CrimeBot was selected as the top application from more than 160 submitted by the 50 finalists’ teams from Jamaica, Barbados, Dominica, Haiti, Antigua, Trinidad & Tobago and St. Kitts. The participation of the Barbados and OECS developers in the competition was facilitated by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). CrimeBot creates a social community of watchers to map crime hotspots. Users can view crime directly around them, as well report crimes and search other locations for crimes. It would therefore allow users to know crime around them and even produce crime data to inform real estate purchases. The application will allow users to input crimes that involve rape, murder, larceny, and missing persons. […]

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CDB VYBZING Participant Selected for International Road Safety Youth Group

An alumni of the Caribbean Development Bank’s VYBZING Youth Outreach programme; St. Lucian, Erland George, has been selected by the Youth for Road Safety (YOURS), to serve as its CORE Group Representative for the Caribbean. YOURS is an international youth-led and youth-oriented non-governmental organisation that acts to make the world’s roads safe for young people. Mr. George was one of 26 young people who participated in the VYBZING Youth Forum in St. Lucia in May 2013. That Forum was facilitated by YOURS under the theme, “Road Safety: Save a Life, Save a Future.” Having worked in youth development and related fields for over five years, Mr. George said he is eager to undertake his newest challenge. “The VYBZING Youth Forum piqued my interest in youth and road safety. The information shared, discussions and practical exercises highlighted the role we as youth can play in positively influencing the global youth road safety crisis. I am eager to play a role in increasing awareness of the importance of road safety […]

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CDB Approves Loan for Study to Inform Facilities Upgrade at Grantley Adams International Airport

The Government of Barbados will be exploring the best approach to improving cargo facilities at the Grantley Adams International Airport. Through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), an extensive study will be conducted to assess the current and future needs, and the type of infrastructure that will best create a world class facility. Such an upgrade will result in improved international competitiveness and multiple benefits to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in particular. The loan of USD357,200 was approved by the Board of Directors of the CDB to the Government of Barbados for the study which will be undertaken by Grantley Adams International Airport Incorporated (GAIA Inc.), operators of GAIA. Among the outcomes of the study will be: A gap analysis of the existing operations/physical infrastructure and proposed operations/infrastructure required to accommodate forecasted cargo opportunities and facility demand. Security considerations to applicable international standards, for both operations and physical infrastructure. Developing and presenting physical development options, including but not limited to recommendations as to the type […]

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